Barbora Krejčíková withdraws from Indian Wells with elbow injury

Barbora Krejčíková joins Ash Barty in withdrawing from Indian Wells. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

World No. 2 Barbora Krejčíková withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, citing an elbow injury. She’s the second top-ranked player to withdraw from the tournament, with top-ranked Ash Barty announcing last week that she hadn’t yet recovered from her Australian Open win in January.

The defending French Open champion said that she has been bothered by the injury since a tournament in Qatar nearly two weeks ago.

“I am extremely disappointed and sad to withdraw from the BNP Paribas Open,” she said. “I was looking forward to playing in Indian Wells very much but unfortunately I won’t be able to do so this year.”

Alize Cornet will move into Krejčíková’s spot in the draw as the next player in line to be seeded.

The tournament at Indian Wells begins Wednesday, with Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens set for a much-anticipated first-round matchup.